Mary Baker

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WEST LIBERTY - Mary Louise Baker, 88, of West Liberty, passed away at 1:45 a.m. on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Mercy McAuley Center in Urbana. She was born in Urbana, Ohio on February 4, 1929 to the late Howard D. Koch and Avanelle (LeFever) Buck. On December 29, 1956, she married Harold Lee Baker and he preceded her in death on September 8, 1999.

She is survived by her children, Kathleen (Allen) Traucht of West Liberty, Barbara Watkins of Bellefontaine, and James E. Baker of Urbana; four grandchildren, Abraham (Danna) Traucht, Andra Loffing, Tara Watkins, and Justin (Sarah) Traucht; great-grandchildren, Nathan, Stephen, Leslie, Jordan, Rachel, Isaac, James, Thomas, Matthew, Tristan, Keara, and Liam; sister, Chris Weirick; and her nieces and nephews; also, Pete (deceased) and Louise Freeman and their children, Lisa, Christopher, and Michael (Susan).

Along with her parents, sisters, Donna Schetter and Wilma Alessio, and step-brothers, Cappy Buck and David Buck preceded her in death.

Mary was known during her school years as "Perky." After high school, she attended the Bill Hixon's Floral School in Cleveland, Ohio. Mary was a florist for Hillside Greenhouse and Mary Kathleen's for 30 years. She was very active in several Bridge Clubs, The Tourist Club, the Home Extension Club, and the Monday Afternoon Club in West Liberty. Mary also enjoyed gardening. She trusted Jesus Christ as her Savior and loved her Bible study. She loved people and especially being with her family and grandchildren.

Pastor Dana Kidder will officiate a memorial service at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the EICHHOLTZ DARING & SANFORD FUNERAL HOME, 101 Zanesfield Road, West Liberty. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Fairview Cemetery in West Liberty.

Memorial contributions may be made to Macochee Joint Ambulance, 113 East Newell Street, West Liberty, Ohio 43357 or West Liberty Town Hall Restoration, c/o West Liberty Historical Society, PO Box 159, West Liberty, Ohio 43357.

Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in West Liberty and online condolences may be expressed to the family at

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Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home
101 Zanesfield Road
West Liberty, OH 43357
(937) 465-3940
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Published in Weekly Currents from Mar. 17 to Mar. 20, 2017